I keep saying that getting my phone stolen was a blessing in disguise.

I love being disconnected. I love that I walk around Florence and see something new every single day, because I’m actually paying attention to what’s going on around me. I love that I don’t rush to a wifi hotspot when I’m looking for a place to eat. I love that when my roommates and I sit down for dinner at our apartment we leave all technology in our rooms and actually have a real conversation.

Even though I have never been one who was super attached to their phone, my friends knew they had a better chance of calling my roommates to get ahold of me than actually calling my phone, I know that will be taken to a whole new level when I get back to the States.

I know I will be pissed off when I ask someone to lunch and they set their cell phone on the table. I’ll get annoyed when I’m having a conversation with someone and they grab their phone to text someone back in the middle of it. I’ll laugh at the people snapping selfies at the bar instead of enjoying the company of the friends they’re with.

So, friends, you’re being encouraged to set your phone aside. Whatever is happening in cyber space can wait a few hours. Go walk around town and really look at it, or have an uninterrupted conversation with someone. You’ll be surprised at what you’ve been missing.

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